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Demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context.

English slang from around the world!

Share slang from your homeland! Australia Arvo : afternoon Barbie : bbq Bloke : man Brekky : breakfast Bushwalking : hiking Chook : chicken Crack the

The Difference Between American and British Humour

Apart from the spelling of the word, obviously It's often dangerous to generalize, but under threat, I would say that Americans are more "down the line." They don't hide their hopes and fears. They applaud ambition and openly reward success. Brits are more comfortable with life's losers.

The rise of Indian English

The 50-year-old journalist said he was inspired by the success of Lynn Truss's guide to punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, and by years of reading newspaper reports of politicians "air-dashing" to a destination, "issueless" couples (those without children) and people "preponing" (bringing forward) meetings. But such phrases are entrenched.

Australian slang

Australian slang is informal language used in Australia. This guide should be viewed as an informal and fun introduction to some Australian idiosyncrasies, rather than a guide on how to communicate. Increasing globalisation and a move away from rural living has seen Australian English adopt a lot of American terms while at the same time romanticising words commonly associated with the bush.

NPR Discusses the Rapid Evolution of the English Language

NPR Discusses the Rapid Evolution of the English Language Earlier this week National Public Radio (NPR) did a broadcast highlighting the current state of the English language. The broadcast highlighted linguistic expert, David Crystal, and his recent book: " A Little Book of Language."

From 'App' To 'Tea': English Examined In '100 Words'

Linguist David Crystal describes English as a "vacuum cleaner of a language." Speakers merrily swipe some words from other languages, adopt others because they're cool or sound classy, and simply make up other terms. In his new book, he tells The Story of English in 100 Words, using a collection of words - classic ones like "tea" and new words like "app" - that explain how the the English language has evolved.

New Data Reveals the World's Favorite Emoji: Canada Loves Poop, America Loves Eggplant

The French love the heart emoji. Canadians prefer pizza-and the pile of poo. And Americans? The land that gave the world the iPhone, the Declaration of Independence, and the Kinsey Report prefers emoji that depict technology, royalty, and... eggplants. These preferences were revealed in a new report from SwiftKey, a software company that makes keyboards for iOS and Android phones.

Guys, Can We Stop Calling Everyone "Guys" Already?

Because I am a very serious feminist, I recently tried to go an entire day without calling groups of people "guys." "Y'all" was out of the question (I'm from Boston), so I made do with "people" for about three hours before accidentally starting a meeting with, "Hey guys, you ready?"

Does Your Language Determine How Much You'll Prepare for the Future?

Answer by Marc Ettlinger, Ph.D. in linguistics, research neuroscientist and the Deptartment of Veterans Affairs: Recent work by economist Keith Chen claims that language can indeed have a big impact on culture: He argues that languages that explicitly mark the future tense pay more attention to the future, and therefore...